Obama gets new bioethics chief

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The commission is currently working on three additional projects, according to the government: 

• Reviewing the privacy and access problems raised by the emergence of whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool in clinical care and research;

• Considering the issue of neuroethics as it is related to notions of the person and the implications of advances in neuroimaging; and  

• Responding to a request from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for ethical advice on the development of medical countermeasures for children.

The commission’s next public meeting is scheduled for May 17 in Washington, D.C.